March 2, 1996 in Nation/World

Bodies Pulled From Peruvian Plane Crash

Compiled From Wire Services
 

Hundreds of somber relatives watched from a ridge Friday as firemen lined up rows of bodies at the bottom of an Andean hillside where a fiery plane crash killed 123 people.

The Peruvian domestic airliner burst into flames and exploded, breaking into small pieces, when it went down Thursday night five miles from Arequipa.

A black singed area of dirt marked the point of impact. The largest intact piece of the plane was its tail.

Fifty-one foreigners, including two Americans, were among the 123 people aboard the flight to Tacna with a stop in Arequipa, Peru’s second-largest city. Transportation Minister Manuel Vara Ochoa said 103 bodies were recovered by noon, but that everyone aboard was dead.


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